The Federal Government is searching for more facts that can further prove the involvement of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, in the alleged forgery of Senate Standing Rules, 2015, according to a report by the Punch newspaper.
The report says that there isn’t enough evidence to secure the conviction of Saraki and Ekweremadu, hence the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has directed the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to dig further and get more evidence against them.
A letter has been sent to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, by the Police Special Investigation Panel headed by Ali Amodu, a retired assistant inspector general of police, asking for records of the proceedings where the Senate rules were amended.
According to the report:
The police also requested the clerk to clarify if the 7th Senate at any time amended the Senate Standing Orders 2011 and the extent of the amendment, if any.
Sources stated that the panel also requested for copies of the Senate Standing Orders, 2015, as well as the Hansard (official record of debates) of June 9 and 24, 2015 to know what transpired on the floor of the Senate.
It was learnt that the panel, had in its letter, asked that the information should be dispatched before September 7.
Saraki and Ekweremadu are facing trial alongside the former Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa, and his deputy, Mr. Benedict Efeturi. The defendants are currently on bail.
In a reaction, senate president, Bukola Saraki, said the renewal of the investigation is an abuse of judicial process since the investigators have sworn an affidavit saying the investigation had been concluded.
“I would have preferred that our lawyers speak on the matter; they would have been able to spell out the legal implication of going to court, swearing to an affidavit that the investigation had been concluded, which is the fulcrum of taking the matter to court,” said the Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu.
“To now say there will be a fresh investigation is like leaving the case in court, while looking for an evidence to justify your position. That will be a clear abuse of court process, just like our lawyers submitted on Wednesday. It is a clear case of abuse of court process.”